By Mark S Railey
December 3, 2021
What does the Mikvah represent? It is a visible testament/witness/evidence of faith. It is an affirmation of the journey in holiness. It affirms the Christian's desire to be holy as G-d is holy. Let's talk about holiness.
Why should Christians keep the Sabbath and the dietary laws? Because as followers of the Torah teaching rabbi Jesus, they are called to be holy as G-d is holy (1 Pet. 1:15,16).
Where in the Bible is biblical holiness defined? Leviticus 11, 19, 20, and 21. Take a look! G-d says, "Be holy for I am holy!" We see in the 10 Commandments that we are commanded to keep the Sabbath holy (think of Sabbath as a day set apart to G-d - at least one day of your week you get to practice what you believe about holiness. You get to practice being "set-apart").
In Leviticus, we see that certain animals are declared clean (food) or unclean (not food). These are called dietary laws. But why should Christians care about Leviticus?
Leviticus describes what it means to be holy. Holy conduct includes - to honor your parents (Leviticus 19:3), to not engage in idolatry (Leviticus 19:4), to care for the poor (Leviticus 19:9-10), to be honest—that is, not to lie or steal or defraud your neighbor (Leviticus 19:11-14), to uphold justice in court (Leviticus 19:15), not to hate your brother or seek vengeance or slander, but rather to love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:16-18), etc. Leviticus also describes the Sabbath and the dietary laws.
The salvation experience through Yeshua’s work leads to a life of holiness. For Jews, we are Israel - commanded to walk with HaShem - to observe everything He has commanded, and to teach Gentiles the Torah. For Gentiles, we are "grafted into Israel" - that is, the same laws and promises/blessings apply to us because there are no second-class citizens in the kingdom of G-d.
As we approach the new year, let's commit ourselves to study the Lord's commandments as they are found in the Torah so that having experienced salvation, we may purify ourselves through the washing of the word. Let us commit ourselves to the Mikvah of the Torah.